Linking Asteroids and Meteorites through Reflectance Spectroscopy by yurtgc548


									     Astronomy 101
    The Solar System
   Tuesday, Thursday

       Tom Burbine
• Course Website:
• Textbook:
  – Pathways to Astronomy (2nd Edition) by Stephen Schneider
    and Thomas Arny.
• You also will need a calculator.
• There is an Astronomy Help Desk that is open
  Monday-Thursday evenings from 7-9 pm in Hasbrouck

• There is an open house at the Observatory every
  Thursday when it’s clear. Students should check the
  observatory website before going since the times may
  change as the semester progresses and the telescope
  may be down for repairs at times. The website is
        HW #16, #17, #18, and #19
• Due by April 20th at 1 pm
              Terrestrial Planets
• Have different surface properties
  – Due to size of the planet
  – Distance from Sun
  – Speed of Planetary Rotation
Why Volcanoes are larger on other planets?
 Look for evidence for processes that
    occur on surface of a planet
• Geomorphology - scientific study of landforms
  and the processes that shape them
  – Important Questions:
  – Are features on Mars formed by volcanic processes?
  – Are features on Mars formed by water?
• Compositional
  – Important Questions:
  – Are the compositions of minerals on Mars consistent
    with volcanic processes?
  – Are the compositions of minerals on Mars consistent
    with forming in the presence on Mars?
• Are Features
  – due to volcanic processes or running water?
• Are Rocks
  – contain minerals formed in volcanic processes (such
    as olivine or pyroxene)
  – Or affected by water (precipitates from solution or
    minerals containing water)
   Formed by Lava?
• Martian basaltic meteorite
• Looks like igneous rock
                 Russell Crater Dunes

• Taken by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
       Compositional Effects of Water
• Examples:

• 2Fe2SiO4 + 4H2O + O2 → 2Fe2O3 + 2H4SiO4
• olivine + water + oxygen → hematite + silicic acid

• Form CaSO4·2H2O (Gypsum, a sulfate)
            Terrestrial Analogs
• You can use terrestrial environments to look for
  analogs for processes that occur on Mars
Face on Mars
              Significant Mars Missions
•   Viking 1 (1976-1982) (NASA) (Lander)
•   Viking 2 (1976-1980) (NASA) (Lander)
•   Mars Global Surveyor (1993-2006) (NASA) (Orbiter)
•   Mars Pathfinder (1997) (NASA) (Lander)
•   Mars Express (2003-present) (ESA) (Orbiter)
•   MER Spirit (2004-present) (NASA) (Lander)
•   MER Opportunity (2004-present) (NASA) (Lander)
•   Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (2006-present) (NASA) (Orbiter)
•   Phoenix (2008) (NASA) (Lander)
              Viking Missions
• Each spacecraft consisted of an orbiter and a
• Viking 1 lander landed July 20, 1976
• Viking 2 lander landed September 3, 1976
• Total cost was ~1 billion
Viking 2
                      Red Color
• The red color of the planet comes from the oxidation
  of iron minerals in the soil.
• Fe2+ is becoming Fe3+

• Iron is shiny when it is not oxidized

• When it loses two electrons by encountering oxygen, it
  becomes black or green
• When it loses three electrons by encountering oxygen,
  it becomes red
• Rusting
Viking 2
                   Four Experiments
• There were results that were initially positive
• But results could all be explained through non-biologic
• For example, Labeled Release Experiment
  – The nutrients were tagged with radioactive 14C
  – Looked for emitted 14CO2 gas as evidence for
    chemical reactions that happen in living
    organisms to maintain life
  – Radioactive gases were given off             immediately for
    the first insertion of nutrients
  – Subsequent insertions did not give off            radioactive
   Four Science Goals of NASA's
long-term Mars Exploration Program:
•   Determine whether Life ever arose on Mars
•   Characterize the Climate of Mars
•   Characterize the Geology of Mars
•   Prepare for Human Exploration
                Mars Pathfinder
•   Landed July 4, 1997
•   Weight - 870 kg
•   Lasted 3 months
•   Discovery Mission
      Objectives of Mars Pathfinder
• Discovery Mission - To prove that the development of
  "faster, better and cheaper" spacecraft is possible (with
  three years for development and a cost under US $150
• To show that it is possible to send a load of scientific
  instruments to another planet with a simple system and at
  one fifth the cost of a Viking mission.
• To demonstrate NASA's commitment to low-cost
  planetary exploration finishing the mission with a total
  expenditure of US$ 280 million, including the launch
  vehicle and mission operations.
Radioactive Cu-244
               AXPS –
   Alpha Proton X-ray Spectrometer
• Radioactive Cu-244 source
• Emits alpha particles (helium nuclei), protons,
  and X-rays
• Measures the backscattered alpha particles and
  protons and emitted X-rays from the rock
• Different elements interact with alpha particles,
  protons, and X-rays differentlyy
Sojourner Rover is investigating Yogi the Rock

 The rock was the first on Mars found to
 be made of basalt
 The smoothness of the surface also
 suggested the past existence of water in
 the region.

Barnacle Bill

            Spirit and Opportunity
• I used to live in an Orphanage.
  It was dark and cold and lonely.
  At night, I looked up at the sparkly sky and felt better.
  I dreamed I could fly there.
  In America, I can make all my dreams come true.....
  Thank-you for the "Spirit" and the "Opportunity"

  — Sofi Collis, age 9
• Spirit landed in Gusev Crater – appeared basaltic
  (lava flows)
• Opportunity landed on Meridiani Planum –
  appeared to have lots of sedimentary rock
Any Questions?

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